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Thoughts and Suggestions Welcome for Camino Plus Madrid and Barcelona

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Hi, I'm a fairly seasoned traveler to Europe who normally travels independently or in small groups. I am 60 years old and very healthy, and plan to walk the final 100 to 120 km of the Camino de Santiago (the French Way) in mid to late September this year. I am a painter and art lover, so I'd like to spend a bit of time in Madrid to visit the Prado and Barcelona to see the Gaudis and also the Picasso Museum. Also love cathedrals. I will have a max of two weeks in Spain. There are several considerations in the trip planning I hope y'all can help with, as I've never been to Spain.

Re: the Camino, am trying to decide between using a travel company to simply provide lodging and luggage support on the trail, while I carry a day pack, or traveling with a small group like Fresco Tours or Spanish Steps (have been told both are reputable by experienced peregrinas). Plus they have support vans if anything goes awry. Have slso spoken with a UK based company, Frontier Holidays about doing the self-guided with support option. I have no desire to take my chances with refugios and carry everything on my back. Simple B&Bs or casas rurales are fine, and I want my own shower! At first, I thought I'd just use the support, but have now reconsidered the small group idea after a recent hike. It was damp and muddy in the hills and I slipped and slid quite a bit. The thought crossed my mind, that what if I was in Spain (a new country to me) and I sprained an ankle or something? How would I summon help, etc. on my own on the trail? Even with a smartphone, it could be dicey. Still undecided on this.

Re: Madrid, Am considering landing in Madrid, staying one or two nights before starting the Camino. I would like to go to the Prado. Any other major sites I should not miss there?

Considering a stop in Burgos to see the famous cathedral there enroute to the Camino from Madrid. Would this be worth it? How long should I alot to Burgos?

Re: Barcelona, am thinking two days after finishing the Camino. I want to see the Picasso Museum and all the Gaudi sites, including the famous cathedral he designed. Again, any other places there I should not miss?

I know there's MUCH more to Spain than these places, but that's another trip!

All comments and suggestions welcome!

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